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simon3: Track 3741 in area near Spain, Canary Islands ()
Fuerteventura: La Oliva to Lajares.
Length: 16.7km, Creator time taken: 5h24m, Ascent: 333m,
Descent: 474m

Places: Start at Lon -13.9273, Lat 28.6103, end at Lon -13.9331, Lat 28.6795 7.7km N from Start
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This walk starts in La Oliva, which is served by various bus routes including one that returns from the finish.
Casa de los Coroneles in La Oliva.
Spend a while exploring La Oliva. Once it was the capital of Fuerteventura when island capitals were sited well inland away from pirates. The formality of the layout and the boldness of the architecture are extremely striking as is the town's location, seemingly on a plain surrounded by hills and mountains.
Montana Arena from south - couldn't ascend from this side.
We had planned to use a direct approach to Montana Arena on tracks marked on the David Brawn 1:100k map. However it turned out that this is probably not possible because of private property. It also turned out that Montana Arena doesn't therefore have an obvious way up, however with some ingenuity and scrambling it is possible. NOT for the faint hearted on scree slopes.
My advice now would be to leave La Oliva on the GR 131 from the start.
Montana Saltos from South.
We visited Montana Saltos 341m from the track. This is easy and from the top there are fine views including of Montana Escanfraga 537m an impressive sight to the east. The view appeared also to validate the map where it described a route to Villaverde, a village to the east also reachable by bus.
Montana Arena from Montana Saltos -- access to the north, right of picture.
Leave the GR131 at a hut and head west on a rough road. The shared track shows one way up leaving the road, following a wall to a large outcrop. We ascended right SW from this but found ourselves on a nasty unstable scree slope. I recommend going left at this point where there are more stable rocks.
Just one bit of one of a number of calderas in the summit area.
The topography of the summit is complex with at least 4 calderas or vents, which were last active around 10.000 years ago, creating the lava field and malpais that stretches towards Lajares.
It is relatively easy to work around the vents and to reach the top which has a tube type trig pillar.
Descend carefully and then rejoin the GR131. Follow it to Lajares which has cafes and bus-stops.

Uploaded on: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 (07:49:40)
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